School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Study Options

The following postgraduate qualifications are offered:

Graduate Diploma in Science (GDipSc ) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Graduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 

Course Requirements

  • 120 points from 200- and 300-level
  • at least 75 points must be at 300-level or above
  • up to 30 points may be from courses outside science
  • a project worth 30 points may be included, with approval

The diploma is effectively a BSc major in Physical Geography and the programme of study should meet the requirements of that major.

More information about the Graduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Certificate students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with an average B+ grade in relevant 300 level courses.

Course Requirements

60 points from:

  • PHYG 404 - 489
  • PHYG 580

Note: the combination of courses must be approved by the School.

More information about the Postgraduate Certificate in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with an average B+ grade in relevant 300 level courses.

Course Requirements

120 points with at least 60 points from:

  • PHYG 404 - 489
  • PHYG 580

Note: the programme does not include a research project and must be approved by the School.

More information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc Hons) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Honours candidates must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a B grade average in 300 level courses. The following courses are required:

  • GEOG 323
  • GEOG 318 or 319

Course Requirements

  • PHYG 489
  • 30 points from PHYG 404 - 488
  • A further 60 points from PHYG 404 - 488, or other approved courses

More information about the Bachelor of Science with Honours is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Physical Geography

The Masters programme comprises two parts and is normally completed in two calendar years. Part 1 (the first year) involves course work and a research preparation course. Part 2 (the second year) is a full-time research project

Prerequisites

Honours candidates must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a B grade average in 300 level courses. The following courses are required:

  • GEOG 323
  • GEOG 318 or 319

Part 1

Course Requirements

  • PHYG 580
  • 60 points from PHYG 404 – 488
  • 30 further approved 400 level points

Part 2

Prerequisites

Students require an average B+ grade in their Masters Part 1 courses. Students with a lower grade must discuss options with the programme director, which include redirection into a suitable postgraduate diploma.

Prospective students must also obtain a recommendation by a potential

project supervisor before enrolment.  All entries are subject to approval by the

Convenor of the Geology/Earth Sciences Board of Studies.

Course Requirements

  • PHYG 591

More information about the Master of Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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PhD in Physical Geography

The PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Science. It is a research degree culminating in a thesis and usually takes three to four years of full time study to complete.

A PhD thesis will normally be from 60,000 to 100,000 words depending on the nature of the topic.  On completion, the thesis is assessed by three examiners, usually one from Victoria, one from another New Zealand University and one from an overseas university. 

PhD students are encouraged to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the School, the University and others. Details can be found on the scholarships webpage.

The Faculty of Graduate Research is the initial contact point for all PhD students. Please visit their website for all queries, including available funding, the role of a supervisor and the application process. The Faculty continues to provide support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.